Capitalizing Proper Adjectives: “Capitalizing Proper Adjectives
A proper noun used as an adjective or an adjective formed from a proper noun is called a proper adjective.
Proper adjectives are normally capitalized. This includes brand names.
Correct: Syrian food a Kodak� camera
Some proper adjectives may not be capitalized because the association with a particular name is gone.
Correct: Teddy bear or teddy bear
Other words this has happened to are bourbon whiskey and venetian blinds.
Prefixes attached to a proper adjective are not capitalized unless the prefixes themselves are formed from a proper noun.
Correct: pro-Communist pre-Raphaelite Afro-Asian
(The prefix Afro- is formed from Africa.)
In a hyphenated word, only the proper adjective is capitalized.
Correct: Flemish-speaking Belgians”